Shaqîq b. Ibrâhîm reports:

It was once said toAbdullah b. Al-Mubârak, “After you have prayed with us you don’t sit with us?” He replied, “I go and sit with the Sahâbah and the Tâbi’în.” We said, “And how can you sit with the Sahâbah and Tâbi’în (when they have all passed away)?” He replied, “I go and read the knowledge I have collected, I find their narrations and deeds. What would I do with you? You sit around backbiting people.”

Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` in his biography of ‘Abdullah b. Al-Mubârak.

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Allah ﷻ says in the Holy Qurʾān, “We have not created the Jinn or Mankind except to worship Me,” (51:56), meaning “We have created them with no other purpose other than to know Me!”

Ibn ʿAbbās, may Allah ﷻ be pleased with him and his father, said that “to worship Me” means “to know Me”, because the actions of someone who does not know Allah ﷻ cannot rightfully be called ’worship’ [ʿibāda]. A person who does not know Allah ﷻ cannot rightfully be called a human being! “They are like cattle, or even more astray,“ (25:44).

- Shaykh al-Islām Ibrāhīm bin ʿAbd-Allah Niāsse al-Tijānī, may Allah ﷻ be pleased with him

Ya Rabb, this Ramadan give us the wisdom to understand the truth of our ibadat:

When we say Alhumdulillah, help us sincerely thank You (SWT) for having brought us out of any hardship, and through inflicting it, increasing our imaan. 

When we say SubhanAllah, let us ponder over the beauty of this world, and how in spite of this beauty, it is nothing compared to Jannah 

When we say Astaghfirullah, let us remember that we have sinned after knowing the truth, but still, Ya Ghafur, You have promised to forgive our faults if we repent. 

When we say Allah hu Akbar, help us realise how great You (SWT) are, and grant us tawakkul, full faith that You (SWT) will ease our suffering and deal with our affairs with Your Eternal Wisdom. 

Ya Rabb, help us this Ramadan to be sincere in our ibadat, knowing that it is the most honest things we as Muslims can do, and guide us towards You. 

Some statements of the Salaf regarding their Salaat:

For forty years, the Adhan was never called but for Sa`id bin al-Musayyab radhiallahu `anhu being in the Masjid before it was called. [Tabaqat al Hanabilah 1/141, Hilyat al Awliya 2/163, Sifat as Safwah 2/80]

After ar-Rabi` bin Khaytham became partially paralysed, he used to go to the Masjid helped by two men. He was told: “O Abu Yazid! You have been given permission to pray at home.” He said, “You have said the truth, but I heard the caller hearld, ‘Hayya `ala al-Falah (Come to success)’, and I thought that whoever hears this call should answer it even by crawling.” [Hilyat al Awliya 2/113]

Adi bin Hatim, radhiallahu `anhu, said: “Every time the prayer time falls, it falls while I am eager for it and ready to perform it (i.e. having wudu).” [Az Zuhd by Imaam Ahmad, p. 249]

Abu Bakr bin Abdullah al Muzani said: “Who is like you, O son of Adam? Whenever you wish, you use water to make Ablution, go to the place fo worship and thus enter the presence of your Lord (i.e. start praying) without a translator or a barrier between you and Him!” [Al Bidayah wa an Nihayah 9/256]

Abu Rajaa al `Ataridi, “Nothing that I leave behind grieves me, except that I used to bow down on my face five times a day before my Lord, the Exalted and Most Honoured.” [Hilyat al Awliya 2/306]

Yazid bin Abdullah was asked, “Should we make a roof for our Masjid?” He said, “Purify your hearts and your Masjid will be sufficient for you.” [Hilyat al Awliya 2/312]

Adi bin Hatim, radhiallahu `anhu said, “Ever since I became Muslim, I always made sure to have Wudu when the Adhan is called.” [As Siyar 3/160]

Ubayd bin Ja`far said, “I never saw my uncle Bishr bin Masnur miss the first takbeer, and whenever any person stood up in our Masjid to ask people for help, my uncle gave him something.” [Sifat as Safwah 3/376]

Ibn Sama`ah said, “For forty years, I only missed Takbeer Tahrimah when my mother died.” [As Siyar 10/646]

“If you know of a man’s disinterest in Takbeer Tahrimah, then wash your hands of him.” [As Siyar 5/65, Sifat as Safwah 3/88]

Sufyan bin `Uyaynah, “Honouring the prayer includes coming before the Iqamah is recited.” [Sifat as Safwah 2/235]

Maymun bin Mahran came to the Masjid late and when he was told that the peple had already finished the prayer, he said, “We all belong to Allaah and to Him shall be our return! I prefer the congregational prayer to being the governor of Iraq.” [Mukashafat al Qulub p 364]

Yunus bin Abdullah said, “What is the matter with me? When I lose a chicken I feel concerned, but when I miss the prayer in congregation, it does not grieve me.” [Hilyat al Awliya, 3/19]

Hammad bin Salamah said, “I have never stood up for prayer without imagining that Jahannam is before my eyes.” [Tadhkirat al Huffadh 1/219]

Mu`adh bin Jabal advised his son, “My son! Pray the prayer of he who is just about to leave and imagine that you might not be able to pray ever again. Know that the believer dies between two good deeds, one that he performed and one that he intended to perform later on.” [Sifat as Safwah 1/496]

Bakr al Muzani said, “If you want your prayer to be of benefit to you, say to yourself, ‘I might not have a chance to perform another prayer.’” [Jami` al `Ulum wal Hikam, p 466.]

Shubrumah said, “We accompanied Karz al Harithi on a journey. Whenever he wanted to set camp in an area, he used to scan it with his eyes and when he found a good piece of land that he liked, he would go to it and pray there until it was time to leave.” [Sifat as Safwah 3/120]

Al Qasim bin Muhammad said, “Whenever I went out in the morning, I used to visit `Aishah radhiallahu `anha (his aunt and the wife of the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) and greet her. One day I found her performing Ad Duha prayer, reciting this Ayah repeatedly, crying and invoking Allaah: ‘So Allaah has been gracious to us, and has saved us from the torment of the Fire.’ (52:27) I stood there until I felt bored, so I left and went to the market to do something and said to myself that when I finish what I have to do, I will go back (to `Aishah radhiallahu `anha). When I finished and went back to her, I found her still standing in prayer, reciting the same Ayah, crying and invoking Allaah.’” [Al Ihya 4/436]

Maymun bin Hayyan said, “I never saw Muslim bin Yasar turning his head while praying, whether the prayer was short or long. Once, a part of the mosque came down and the noise caused fear to the people who were in the market, while he was in the Masjid, did not fear nor even turn his head and kept praying.” [Az Zuhd by Imam Ahmad p 359]

“I accompanied `Ata bin Rabah for eighteen years. When he became old and weak, he used to stand in prayer and read close to two hundred Ayat from Surat al Baqarah while standing in such firmness that no part of him would move.” [As Siyar 5/87, Sifat as Safwah 2/213]

Abu Bakr bin Aiyash said, “If you saw Habib bin Abu Thabit while in Sujud, you would think that he had died because of his long prostration.” [As Siyar 5/291]

Ali bin Al Fudayl said, “I saw ath-Thawree went into Sujud while praying, and I performed Tawaf around the House seven times before he raised his head from Sujud.” [As Siyar 7/277]

Uthman bin Abi Dahrash said, “I never performed a prayer without invoking Allaah afterwards to forgive me for falling into shortcomings in the way I performed it.“ [Tarikhu Baghdad 13/207]

Mu`awiyah bin Murrah, “I lived during the time of seventy of the Companions of Muhammad, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, and had they lived among you today, they would not recognise any of your acts except the Adhan!” [Hilyat al Awliya 2/299]

When Hatim al Asamm was asked about his prayer, he said, “When it is near the time of prayer, I perform a perfect Wudu and go to where I am going to pray and sit down there until I become fully attentive to what I am about to do. I then stand up and pray, imagining that the Ka`bah is in front of my eyes, Paradise to my right, Hellfire to my left and the Angel of Death behind me. I imagine that it is the last prayer I am about to perform, stand up in hope (in Allaah, His Paradise and rewards) and fear (from Allaah’s torment in Hellfire) and recite the Takbir while having full attention. I recite the Qur’aan calmly, make Ruku` humbly, go into Sujud with Khushu and then sit on my left leg, with the left food laid on the floor and the right food raised up, all the while praying with sincerity. Afterwards, I do not know (nor feel certain) if that prayer was accepted from me!“ [Al Ihya 1/179]

من سمع شيئا من الثواب على شيء فصنعه كان له وإن لم يكن كما بلغه
Whoever hears of a reward for a deed and does it, [the reward] is his, even if [the reward] wasn’t what had reached him (what he had heard).

عن ابي عبد الله عليه السلام - الكافي 2/ 71 ح1

 Imam Hussain (as)


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Tidak sedikit orang bilang, “keluarlah!”, “Lihat sekelilingmu”, “jelajahi duniamu, maka kau akan mendapat inspirasi darinya, pergilah sejauh mungkin, travelling lah sejauh yang kau bisa maka kau tidak hanya akan lebih mengenal dirimu, tapi juga bertemu kerabat baru, pengganti keluarga yang kau tinggalkan”. Tapi untukku sebagai seorang anak rumahan yang waktunya lebih banyak dihabiskan di rumah bersama keluarga, tidak dapat langsung setuju dengan pernyatan-pernyataan itu. Penyakit ogah-keluar-rumah ku ini sudah menahun, sudah kronis. Dalam liburan semester genap saja yang bisa hampir 3 bulan, aku bisa bertahan mengakar di rumah, dan hanya keluar tidak lebih 10 meter, itupun kalau disuruh mama beli sesuatu dari warung terdekat. Kalo gak warung, paling mesjid, tempat terjauh yang aku tepuh bersama keluarga untuk melakasanakan ibada solat terawih. Apa? Kau bilang ini didikan orang tua? Kau bilang orang tuaku yang membatasi waktu mainku? Haha, tidak. Justru dari dulu mereka sering menyuruhku keluar rumah, bermain bersama teman. Tapi jangan salah, aku bukan tipe orang yang anti sosial, aku lumayan pandai bergaul, memiliki beberapa teman, pernah berorganisasi, menekuni komunitas yang mengembangkan bakatku, hanya saja aku lebih suka sendiri lebih suka ditempat yang sepi. Aku tidak akan berbicara jauh mengenai diriku, ini sudah cukup melenceng dari hal yang ingin aku sampaikan.
Sebenarnya yang ingin aku bicarakan adalah mengenai krisis inspirasi(?) yang aku alami :’) *udah kayak Vicky, belum? :P *
Aku sedang dalam proyek individuku untuk membiasakan kembali kebiasaan menulis. Untuk dapat menulis setiap hari, aku sedikit kesulitan karena kurangnya inspirasi. Bagaimana tidak setiap hari yang aku lihat adalah anggota keluargaku, beberapa ruangan dalam rumah, tayangan televisi yang itu-itu saja, sedangkan aku membutuhkan sesuatu yang baru. Mungkin orang yang senang berpetualang dapat menceritakan banyak hal dari tempat-tempat yang dikunjunginya, sesorang yang sedang memiliki kekasih atau memiliki sesorang yang dipujanya mendapat aliran inspirasi tanpa henti dari orang yang dikaguminya itu. Aku bukan kurang bahagia dengan lingkungan dan keadaan yang aku lihat setiap hari, aku tidak bosan, sungguh. Keluargaku juga cukup inspiratif, kedua orang tua yang selalu harmonis, dua orang adik yang cerdas, ibu dan adik laki-lakiku yang setiap hari cekcok karena urusan sepele, belum lagi sodara yang tinggal di samping rumah, tidak sering mereka memberikan inspirasi untuk tulisanku, tapi aku tidak begitu kreatif meneliti lingkungan sekitar, berusaha menemukan hàl-hal unik dari keseharianku yang monoton.
Mungkin benar aku harus keluar, usulan orang tua agar aku main ke rumah seorang kerabat belum aku indahkan, tapi besok aku akan meninggalkan rumah dan tinggal selama 40 hari di tempat yang sama sekali berbeda bersama ke-10 orang teman hidup sementaraku. BOHONG!! Not totally different! Aku justru memilih tempat yang paling dekat dengan rumah, dasarrr. Semoga menjadi 40hari yang berkesan, banyak inspirasi, pengalaman dan pembelajaran daaaan pacar~ :P

Bismillah. I apologize for my late post. Alhamdulillah we are here once more in this blessed month of Ramadan. 

Over the past few days, before Ramadan began in fact, I had gotten reminders to be close with Allah’s Qur’an and to really reflect on the Allah’s Word, which the Prophet, peace be upon him, had successfully delivered. 

Alhamdulillah, I can say that I have had the blessing of taking some time out of each do so far to be in touch with Allah’s Book, whether it be actually reciting the Qur’an or reading through an English translation of it and to continue doing so bit by bit, insha’Allah.

I am not seeking to undermine the rewards with which Allah, insha’Allah, especially grants us in this blessed month in being with the sacred text that has been revealed to us. I have not always had the chance, or rather committed, to putting more effort with Allah’s Book. But that is not always a bad thing, for acts of ibada in this sacred month should not just be confined to recitations of the Qur’an or in obligatory and voluntary prayer.

I see this month as one in which we should enjoy every moment and seek to open our eyes to the acts of ibada that we, insha’Allah, carry out when we are not praying or spending time with the Qur’an: helping our mothers do the chores around the house, setting up the table for iftar and suhur, spending time with our siblings, and of course simple charities through smiles with strangers and the sheer enjoyment and pause of reflection by simply looking out and enjoying the cool Ramadan breeze that we are, alhamdulillah, blessed to be enjoying. 

So, with our throats parched for the pleasure of our Lord, insha’Allah, during these remaining days of Ramadan ahead of us, and may they pass by slowly, let’s take in every moment of this blessed Ramadan, whether we are spending time with Allah’s Book one moment or just enjoying a stroll in the park another moment and remember that every charitable or acts of kindness that we do are acts of ibada, and insha’Allah, acts we do in remembrance of our Lord and in the footsteps of our Prophet, may Allah bless him, his family, and his companions on this day and until the end of days. 

May Allah accept our fast this blessed Ramadan. Salamu alaykum. 

-Hezril Azmin

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